This week, on The Official Chart, West Side Story dances its way up the chart, and The Suicide Squad hold firm but it’s Clifford The Big Red Dog that takes the top spot!
Welcome to The Official Film Chart.
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME AND THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON DIGITAL!
My bank balance has taken a hit these past few days! I knew that ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ would be hitting digital retail this past Monday. But ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ wasn’t due to hit digital until NEXT Tuesday! Guess what? That’s right. Monday saw the release of ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ on digital. Then ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ followed it on Tuesday! Both films are now available to buy on digital download and we can expect both films to give the chart next week one hell of a hammering. I’m going to nail my colors to the mast and say that Spidey is going to win by a country mile.
That’s not to say that ‘The Matrix’ and Keanu Reeves won’t give it a run for its money, as it has had a full day’s head start on Spidey. But once the word gets out that both films are now available to buy, then there is only going to be one winner for the top spot next week. But the British buying public is going to be the biggest winner of them all.
OUTSIDE THE CHART!
Thanks to a 4K Ultimate Collector’s Edition that includes artwork and a 32-page booklet, ‘The Green Mile’ enters the official chart for the first time. The 1999 classic, starring Tom Hanks, makes its debut in twelfth place. And thanks to the release of ‘The Batman’, the brilliant 2008 film ‘The Dark Knight’ has also moved up the chart. It has risen by fourteen places to take the sixteenth position.
THE OFFICIAL CHART!
While we wait for the battle for the top spot next week, this week sees the usual traffic inside the top ten. Titles come, and titles go. This week sees the departure of ‘PAW Patrol-The Movie’. But what is currently occupying the top spot? Could Ralph Fiennes have managed to fight off all comers for his throne? Could Disney see their latest release return to the top? Or has something else shocked them all and stolen the coveted top position? It’s time to find out who has come out on top.
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG TAKES A BIG BITE AT THE TOP!
Ok, so maybe I was wrong last week when I said there weren’t any big releases. I stand corrected. Thanks to digital downloads alone, we have a new entry at the top of the chart. And it is a big, cuddly hello to ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog.’ The live-action film, based on the best-selling children’s book series has jumped straight in at the top of the chart tree. Starring Darby Camp as Emily Elizabeth, and Jack Whitehall as her clueless uncle Casey, the pair are forced to go on the run when their little red puppy grows into a gigantic dog. He attracts the attention of a genetics company that wants to supersize animals. The film is a fun and charming affair that will keep the kids entertained for hours.
WEST SIDE STORY DANCES ITS WAY UP THE CHART!
The biggest mover on this week’s chart comes in the form of Steven Spielberg’s remake of ‘West Side Story.’ The musical manages to dance its way up the chart by five places to land second place. The story is set in the mid-1950s in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, then a multiracial, blue-collar neighborhood. The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The film has been nominated for several Oscars at this year’s ceremony.
ENCANTO SLIPS A PLACE!
Slipping a place this week to end the week in third place is Disney’s ‘Encanto.’ The former number one title continues to big a big hit on the home entertainment markets. As well as on Disney+. The film has been nominated for Best Animated feature at this year’s awards ceremonies across the globe, including the UK where it won the BAFTA on Sunday night. At the Oscars, it is nominated for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. The musical fantasy is perfect for those family nights in and will keep everyone entertained for hours.
DUNE SHIFTS DOWN THE CHART!
After becoming the big winner at this weekend’s BAFTAS, the epic ‘Dune’ shifts down a place this week. The Denis Villeneuve-directed movie version of the classic Frank Herbert novel continues its winning run inside the top five placings. Most of the awards it is picking up are in the technical areas with the exception of Hans Zimmer’s score. I would expect to see the film sweep the technical awards at the Oscars as well as Zimmer grabbing the Oscar for his score. The sequel is gearing up for production with the script almost finished. The casting for the new characters to be introduced in the second film is well underway. And we can expect to see it in the latter half of 2023.
007 FALLS TO NUMBER 005!
The top five this week are rounded out by the latest James Bond film ‘No Time To Die.’ The Daniel Craig finale to his time with Bond’s license to kill drops by a single place to take fifth place. The film has been a huge success ever since it opened in cinemas and has continued its form on the home entertainment market. The film won the BAFTA for Best editing this weekend. And it has a chance to pick up some Oscars this year. I predict that Billie Eilish will take home the award for Best Original Song at least.
THE KING’S MAN IS DETHRONED!
Last week’s number one title has fallen to become this week’s number six! Dropping by five places, ‘The King’s Man’ has been dethroned in a big way. The prequel to the franchise has had a successful time ever since it hit Disney+ before hitting all the formats. Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in a film that while is enjoyable in its own right, doesn’t come close to matching the style of the original films.
GHOSTBUSTERS ARE ON THE SLIDE!
Those superstars of the supernatural have slipped a place to become this week’s number seven. ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ has brought the franchise back to its original roots in a big way. And this threequel is one of the best films of 2021.
THE SUICIDE SQUAD HOLD FIRM!
Hanging onto the eighth place for this week is the DC sequel ‘The Suicide Squad.’ The all-action comic-book adventure continues to sell well after months of release. With Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn amongst the cast, the film is a complete riot.
HOUSE OF GUCCI IS IN DANGER OF FALLING DOWN!
Dropping four places to land down in ninth place is ‘House Of Gucci.’ The drama film, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is yet another former number one that is sliding down towards the chart exit. But it has been quite a success.
WE ARE ALMOST DOWN AND OUT!
And finally, that lovable symbiote Venom has fallen once again. ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ slips a single place to end the week in the tenth and final position.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!
And that, as they say, is that. We are done and dusted for another week. But we can rest assured that we are now heading for a number of big releases smashing their way into the chart. Next week’s chart will be interesting, to say the least. But what about the charts after that? With Easter coming up and films such as ‘Scream (2022)’ on the horizon, the chart race could get even bigger than before. We have to wait with anticipation. But until then…
Whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is the News Editor of The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!